City Seeks Active Transportation Board Applicants
The City of Sioux Falls is accepting board member applications for the newly formed Active Transportation Board (ATB).
Active transportation is defined as human-powered transportation modes, such as bicycling, walking, jogging, and using other mobility devices like wheelchairs. The ATB, approved by the City Council in December, combines the City’s existing active transportation-related boards and committees and has a mission to reduce all active transportation fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, comfortable, healthy, and equitable mobility for all.
“Sioux Falls’ growth means more people are interested in or require active transportation options in our city, and the City of Sioux Falls saw a need to develop methods to improve conditions for those using active transportation on roadways, sidewalks, and trails,” said Jeff Eckhoff, Director of Planning and Development Services. “The ATB will be an important platform for public dialogue and will encourage an informal and robust discussion to help determine how, as a community, we can improve active transportation for all.”
Public engagement and discussion will be encouraged at ATB meetings, and the board will have the ability to bring suggestions and solutions to the City Council, City departments, and other boards to improve active transportation infrastructure and overall safety.
The existing Pedestrian Committee, Bicycle Committee, and Pedestrians Against Traffic Hazards (PATH) Board will now serve as subcommittees to the ATB.
The ATB will be comprised of nine members, including the directors of Planning and Development Services and of Public Works (or their designees) and seven members of the public with active transportation interest and knowledge. The seven public members will be appointed by Mayor Paul TenHaken and approved by the City Council.
Board terms are three years for a maximum of two consecutive full terms. Board members do not receive compensation for their service.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 31, 2023. To apply or learn more about the ATB, visit www.siouxfalls.org/ATB.